Rev. Jesse Jackson Announces 2016 Wall Street Project Economic Summit

Rev. Jesse Jackson Announces 2016 Wall Street Project Economic Summit

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Philip Bailey, lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire, is scheduled to perform at the Wall Street Project gala fundraiser

In addition, Lucille R. Dobbins, a veteran CPA, was named Deputy Executive Director of the Wall Street Project. Dobbins, Partner in Goodall, Kenner & Associates, P.C., was the First Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Planning and then Chief Financial Officer for the City of Chicago during the administration of Harold Washington.

Speakers during the Wall Street Project Economic Summit will include New York Mayor Bill de Blasio; U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services; the Hon. Michael Frerichs, Treasurer for the State of Illinois; the Hon. Scott Stringer, Comptroller for the City of New York; and Kurt Summers, Treasurer for the City of Chicago.

Also confirmed to participate are John Thompson, chairman of Microsoft; Sheila Johnson, CEO, Salamander Hospitality; John Rogers, President, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments; Suzanne Shank, President and CEO, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co.; Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund; Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, Senior Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church; and Dr. David Jefferson Sr., Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church. Black Enterprise is media partner for the Wall Street Project Economic Summit 2016.

A highlight of the Summit will be the Wall Street Project gala fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 17, which will feature a “Fireside Chat” with a top corporate CEO and a special performance by Philip Bailey, lead singer of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire.

The Wall Street Project 2016 Steering Committee includes: John Rogers, CEO/Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments; William Dickerson, Chairman, Citizenship Education Fund; Johnny C. Taylor Jr., President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund; John Mitchell, Chief of Staff, Rainbow PUSH; Les Bond, CEO, Attucks Asset Management; Carra Wallace, Chief Diversity Officer, New York City Comptroller’s Office; James Parks, President and CEO, The Parksonian Institute; Jay Rowell, Deputy Treasurer, Illinois Treasurer Frerichs’ Office; Keith Horton, General Counsel, Illinois Treasurer Frerichs’ Office; Rodrigo Garcia, Chief Investment Officer, Illinois Treasurer Frerichs’ Office; John F. Philbert, Senior Associate, Chaldon Associates; Edith L. Bartley, JD, Vice President of Government Affairs, Thurgood Marshall College Fund; Jervis B. Hough, Chief Compliance Officer, IFS Securities; James Gomez, Director for International Affairs, Rainbow PUSH; R. Fenimore Fisher, Deputy Commissioner, Chief Diversity & EEO Officer, NYC DCAS; Marianne C. Spraggins, CMO, Bond Factor; Arthur E. McClearin, Principal, Director of Marketing, The Williams Capital Group; James F. Haddon, Managing Director and Head of Marketing, Ramirez Asset Management; James Reynolds Jr., Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Loop Capital; Karen L. Caldwell, CPA; and Jineea Butler, Hip Hop Union.

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